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Assange will not Be Extradited to Any Country with Death Penalty

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UK Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan has reaffirmed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not be extradited to “anywhere where he could face capital punishment”, the independent Spanish news agency EFE reports.

The news outlet quoted Duncan as saying during a joint press conference with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia that a relevant agreement on Assange’s extradition was clinched earlier this month and that London is concerned about his health, Sputnik reports.

Duncan’s statement comes after he pointed out in April that the UK would not extradite Assange to the US if he faces the possibility of the death penalty there.

Under the UK legislation, “extradition is prohibited by law if a person faces death penalty (if the minister does not receive due written guarantees that this person will not be sentenced to death, or if convicted, this sentence will not be carried out)”.

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